The Way of Christ – Part 2
The way of Christ is narrow but rich with reward. To be yoked to Christ is easy. To be burdened with Christ is light. To follow Christ is the greatest privilege we have as human beings. In His life there is, hidden from the world, all the treasures of Heaven. The Way of Christ is the way of Heaven, the way God intended for us (His creations made in His likeness) to live in the world.
It’s hard to imagine a life that is perfectly in sync with Heaven, a life that perfectly pleases God, the Father and Creator. But that is exactly the kind of life we are destined to live in Christ.
To live as Christ is to live with absolute confidence in the Love of the Father. To know that all life proceeds from Him and He sustains all life by the power of His Word. All truth is in Him alone and all understanding is given by Him.
There is a way of man that leads to death, but the way of Christ leads only to life. [Proverbs 14:12]
To live as Christ is to live without fear or worry or anxiety of any kind, knowing that whatever state we are in we are never outside of God’s knowledge and availability of provision, protection, and peace.
In the midst of the storm the disciples feared for their lives but Jesus, asleep on a pillow in the back of the boat, had no care or concern for the violence of the wind and waves. When the disciples woke Him, desperately crying out for Him to do something to save them, He did.
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:39-41
The way of Christ is marked by a sense of authority from God and calm assurance with confidence and total surrender to an awareness of the presence of God with Him in every situation to bring peace.
The way of Christ is a way of separation from the limitedness of worldly resources for the sake of gaining the limitlessness of the resources of Heaven.
At the pool of Bethesda a man crippled for 38 years lay hoping to be helped into the water when the waters were stirred that he might be healed. When Jesus saw him He spoke to him.
“When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.” John 5:6-9
Jesus moved in the world with the authority of Heaven while all the time maintaining a separation from the world of sin. Though He lived among sinners He never allowed Himself to give in to the daily, hourly, minute by minute temptation to succumb to the temporal and fleeting pleasures of this world with its lusts and death dealing passions, but He kept Himself in communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit, so that at any moment He had access to the power of Heaven to heal the sick even when all human resources were exhausted.
The way of Jesus is the way of life and that more abundantly. Whatever we give up in this world we gain in unlimited multiplied blessings in Heaven.
The way of Christ is contrary to the world but works in perfect harmony with the hearts of the believers.
The way of Christ is the way of the Kingdom of God; the way of the Kingdom is love, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit.
The way of Christ is centered on love, motivated by love, empowered by love, understood by love and most importantly for us, followed by love. All that is not of love is not of faith and all that is not of faith is sin.
“But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.” Romans 14:23
Let it then be said of us who follow after Christ, who believe on Him for salvation and life eternal, who trust in Him with all our hearts that our faith is spoken of throughout the world. Let us then compete for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus and have no involvement in the ways of death in the world. In Christ we are pursuing the way of Life and the prize is before us. While we are in the world we are to be indistinguishable from Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore we press on for the prize in Him.
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14